Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Organization: DC Department of Human Services (DHS)

The District’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as Food Stamps) helps individuals and families buy the food they need for good health. Every month SNAP benefits are loaded onto an electronic card, called an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, that is used as a debit card. EBT cards are accepted at most grocery stores, some farmers’ markets, convenience, and big box stores. SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy prepared foods, vitamins, alcohol/tobacco, and non-food items (like soap or toothpaste).

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)
The District remains committed to ensuring that families with children who receive free and reduced-price meals continue to have access to healthy meals during school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. P-EBT provides additional food assistance to families of children who receive meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). For more information, visit

Effective, Wednesday, May 13, District residents participating in SNAP may use their benefits to make online purchases of authorized food items using their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card on Amazon at
Service Category: Food
Service Eligibility: Income-based
Application: Individuals interested in applying for one or more TANF, SNAP, or Medicaid/Medical Assistance program will complete the Combined Application For Public Benefit. For more information on how to apply, visit For more information, call the DHS Call Center at (202) 727-5355.